Soccer – Session COVID-19 Protocols

 

ANZA Soccer Sessions COVID-19 Protocols
(Updated 6 April 2021)

We rely on the ANZA Soccer community to comply with these requirements in good faith, for the protection of all participants and the continuation of our ANZA Soccer programmes. Please read our own protocols here, and the government guidelines and requirements further down.

Most Important Government Requirements

While the protocols below are extensive, the most important rules are summarized here. Parents should go over these with their children. Not only do these requirements promote health and hygiene, but government inspectors and The Cage’s managers routinely observe our operations, and if they see ANZA Soccer participants disregarding the rules, we could face serious consequences. 

  1. Everyone participating must stay 3 meters away from others in general, and 1 meter away from group-mates once placed in their 8-person group, except during play when transient contact closer than 1 meter is allowed.
  2. These safe-distancing rules apply everywhere during the sessions, including in the carpark and while walking to and from the pitches. Car-park and walking groups are particularly easy for inspectors to observe, and all ANZA parents should be ready to give children reminders if they see them walking/standing/sitting closer than 3 meters in these areas.
  3. Everyone staying at the pitches must sign in and out, using SafeEntry or TraceTogether-only Safe Entry as the government and Cage mandate. Adults and children should use the QR codes provided or get help from the check-in volunteers.
  4. Everyone must wear face masks when not playing, and no one should touch others or share water bottles or snacks.
  5. Everyone must follow the designated entry and exit routes to the pitches and follow coaches’ and volunteers’ instructions on when/how to get into small groups and when to leave the pitch.
  6. All efforts will be made to remove possibilities for small groups to interact, in order to maintain the social distancing rules.
  7. Each full-size pitch (pitches 1, 2, 3, and 4) may have up to:
    1. 64 players max present during a session, separated into 8-player max groups.
    2. 8 coaches (in blue shirts/vests) max, and not exceeding 1 coach per 8-player max group. Coaches should stay 1 meter from players at all times, and 3 meters when possible. 
    3. 5 safe-management volunteers max, including an AGC (in red shirt) and safety management officers (SMOs) (in yellow shirts/vests). AGCs and SMOs should stay 3 meters from everyone on the pitch. 
  8. The 3 undercover pitches may have up: 
    1. 16 total participants each (participants include adults and children), in 2 separated zones of 8 participants max.
    2. 1 coach per zone. Coaches should stay 1 meter from players at all times, and 3 meters when possible.
    3. 5 safe-management volunteers total across the 3 undercover pitches, including an AGC (in red shirt) and safety management officers (SMOs) (in yellow shirts/vests). AGCs and SMOs should stay 3 meters from everyone on the pitch. 
  9. If 8 players are playing with 2 coaches (1 for each mini-squad of 4), there are extra, specific rules we must follow per government guidelines and Cage protocols:
    1. The 8 players are considered 1 social group, and the 2 coaches are considered a separate social group. Therefore, the coaches MUST maintain 3 meters distance from the players at all times throughout the session.
    2. Only up to 6 X mini-pitches per pitch could be used, because there has to be more room for the second “social group” of the coaches.
    3. Coaches must stay in designated coaches’ boxes (shown by cones) and stay off the pitch throughout the session, therefore no on-pitch practice interaction, directing of drills, or refereeing. Coaches who are acting as referees must stay in the coaching boxes while doing so. We recognize this may be challenging, but this is not negotiable.
    4. Groups’ dismissals must be staggered more clearly than our usual practices, i.e., coaches / SMOs must be more aware and active to ensure a good lag time between each group leaving. Coaches may not walk near kids on the way out as they are a different “social group.”

Before Your Training Session

  1. Players should bring: handphone with SafeEntry/TraceTogether-only Safe Entry (TTOS) app OR TraceTogether token, mask, water bottle, shinguards, sunscreen, hand sanitiser. We recommend a bag with a zippered compartment to keep the phone/token safe during practice. Volunteers will keep an eye on the bags.
  2. Players should arrive 10 minutes before their start time.
  3. With very limited exceptions, spectators will not be allowed at the training sessions. For example, children with serious medical conditions may have one parent stay; please contact your AGC/CTC beforehand, to be counted in the adults-per-pitch limit. 
  4. In our pre-school groups (Groups 3, 4, and 5), some children may need emotional/parental support and encouragement. The default is that parents don’t stay, but if needed a parent may accompany them on a case-by-case basis. However please get approval from your AGC beforehand, to be counted in the adults-per-pitch limit. Note that for every parent that stays, we can accommodate one less kid on the pitch. Therefore, in the event you really need to stay, we encourage you to pool together and have 1 parent stay for 2-3 kids where possible. All permitted adult spectators must put on a vest (colour other than red/yellow/blue), sit two seats from anyone else, and maintain a 3-meter distance between themselves and anyone except for their carpool group.
  5. Please ensure that the age group’s AGC, CTC, or Safety Manager has up-to-date contact information for you, in case they need to reach you during a training session. 
  6. Players must be ready to play (correct clothes/shoes on, shinguards on, sunscreen applied) before checking in. Players needing to change/prepare should do so somewhere before the check-in area and 3 meters from others.

Entering and Exiting the Pitches:

Pitch map with entry/exit routes is HERE.

ANZA Soccer and The Cage Sports Park have determined appropriate safe entry and exit routes for each pitch. Everyone must follow the routes carefully and maintain social distance from others while walking. 

  1. Each pitch has its own temperature-screening and check-in area. Players must go directly to this screening area only. If there is a line to be screened, those waiting must maintain a 3-meter distance from each other (or between carpool groups) at all times.
  2. Players will be temperature-screened at check-in and will not be allowed entry if they are not within the healthy-temperature range. 
  3. Check-in will require a handphone with the mandated SafeEntry/TTOS app or the TraceTogether token. Please be ready to scan the QR code for your pitch; if the player is using a token, a volunteer will check them in. Parents who are staying (with prior permission) must also complete check-in and temperature screening.
  4. Parents who are not staying may walk children to the check-in area to ensure safe check-in. They should then leave The Cage—no waiting around the pitch area please! Note that it is an offense in Singapore to sit in a parked car with the motor idling. 
  5. AGCs/CTCs/Safety Managers will inform participants of how and when to join their 8-person groups. Once with their small groups, players should stay 1 meter apart from their groupmates, while maintaining 3 meters from those of other groups.
  6. Participants should leave the pitches by the approved routes promptly when their sessions finish. Walkers should maintain 1 meter distance from groupmates and 3 meters distance from others at all times. Parent coaches and volunteers should walk with children to maintain these rules. No one should linger unnecessarily on the walk out or in the carpark. All ANZA parents should be ready to give children reminders if they see them walking, standing, or sitting closer than 3 meters in these areas.

During the Training Sessions

  1. Non-coaching volunteers (in red AGC shirts or yellow shirts/vests) and allowed spectators (wearing colours other than red/yellow/blue) should stay in areas away from the players and maintain a 3-meter distance between themselves at all times.
  2. If anyone displays symptoms of cold or flu during practice, they will be sent home.
  3. Goalies in designated goalie-training groups/sessions will be coached by a dedicated professional coach. They will be instructed in proper safe-distancing depending on whether they will move into another group later in the session. 
  4. If moving from one pitch to another for different parts of a session (pitch 1 to pitch 2, for instance), players must check out of the first pitch and check in to the second, using the QR codes posted by each pitch (they do not need to redo their temperature checks).
  5. Hygiene: No sharing of water bottles or snacks, no unnecessary contact (handshakes, hugs, high-fives, fist-bumps, etc.), and avoid handling the ball or equipment (except for goalies with gloves on). Handwashing and hand-sanitising is encouraged.
  6. Seating: Leave at least TWO seats between yourself and the next seated person. Do not sit in areas roped off by The Cage, as these are intended to maintain distance between groups.
  7. Water and belongings should be kept with each group on the pitch, to avoid groups mingling during breaks. 
  8. At the end of the session, small groups will be dismissed to the exit route directly from their areas, to avoid mingling with incoming pitch users or other player groups. Volunteers and spectators should walk out with the players to maintain order and spacing.

Parent Volunteers Needed! 

For this programme to adhere to the necessary guidelines, we will need a number of volunteers per age group, per session. All volunteers (and especially the check-in volunteers and AGCs) should arrive 15-20 minutes before their sessions to be ready for incoming players.

  1. AGC, CTC, or Safety Manager: For each age group/session, an AGC/CTC or designated Safety Manager will oversee procedures and compliance, communicate with volunteers and parents, and respond to questions.
  2. SMOs
    1. Temperature -screener and check-in manager: Each age group should have at least two parent volunteers for these tasks. These volunteers will then stay at the session to assist with any matters that arise and help maintain social distancing at all times.
    2. Greeter/ foot-traffic director: Another one or two volunteers (per session, not age group) will be needed to help direct foot traffic at the start of the session, so that entry/exit routes are followed and shortcuts discouraged. 
  3. Parent coaches: Parent coaches will manage small groups during Saturday sessions and some training sessions. AGCs/CTCs will coordinate parent coaching needs. 
  4. Combining volunteers: When a number of age groups will be using the same pitch at the same time, temperature screening and traffic directing roles may be combined resulting in a lower overall requirement of volunteers. Older age groups may also need fewer volunteers. 
  5. Not enough volunteers: In case of insufficient volunteers for any session, the session will be cancelled. Therefore, if you are able to help, please let your AGC/CTC know. We remind parents that by signing up for ANZA Soccer you have agreed to volunteer your time to help the programme run. 

Government Guidelines and Requirements and ANZA Soccer’s Responsibilities

The government  has set out very specific guidelines for community sports activities. As per the Covid-19 Safety Management Plan of The Cage, Turf City, the Safety Related Responsibilities for organised bookings by ANZA Soccer are delegated to ANZA Soccer and we rely on our parents, players, coaches and volunteers to comply fully with this protocol.

Government Oversight and Inspections

The government may inspect our operations at any time. If a session is found to be in violation of the guidelines, ANZA Soccer and/or The Cage may be warned, sanctioned, or shut down. Therefore, we must follow the rules to the letter, and anyone willfully violating the guidelines will be dismissed from the session and may be disallowed from future sessions. Parents, please remind your children about the rules and expectations before each training session, and set a good example by complying with them yourselves as well. 

If you see any non-members monitoring our sessions, be friendly and emphasise what a great effort it takes by many parents to create as safe an environment as possible for our children to enjoy their favourite sport again. If anyone wishes to speak with the person in charge, refer them to the AGC/CTC/Safety Manager overseeing your pitch or to Coach Yakob please.

No Photos/Videos on Social Media Please

Please refrain from posting any photos or videos from ANZA Soccer sessions on social media at this time, as we have heard of cases of overzealous netizens who scout for perceived violations and report them to the authorities.